Source: University of Regina
Focus: Educators and researchers
Summary: In May 2013, Dr. Mere Berryman and Te Arani Barrett, University of Waikato, visited Saskatchewan to share the experience of the Te Kotahitanga program and its success in improving learning outcomes for Maori youth attending New Zealand secondary schools. Mere’s influence was catalytic and led to a decision to explore the relevance of their work within the Saskatchewan context. The Joint Task Force on First Nation and Métis Education in Saskatchewan also reviewed the Te Kotahitanga program and recommended further exploration of the program in their final report entitled: Voices, Vision and Leadership: A Place for All (2013). The result was the Seeking their Voices research project. While the Executive Summary provides a brief over view, readers are encouraged to refer to the larger research document, in particular the Conclusions/Recommendations chapter.
The Seeking their Voices research project contained three separate initiatives focused on improving Saskatchewan Indigenous student learning outcomes: the heart of the research based on the voices of students, parents, teachers and school administrators in six Saskatchewan high schools, a literature review, and perspectives from national and international academics, school administrators and policy leaders. Not surprisingly, the messages from each of these research processes are consistent.